American missionaries David and Christie Eller run a clinic for homeless children in Caracas, Venezuela. But when an angry David publicly rails against the government, he falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage. Will his life-or-death gamble to escape the country with his wife and son succeed---or will the resources of a corrupt dictatorship prevail? 300 pages, softcover from Moody.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 300 Vendor: Moody Publishers Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0802455697 ISBN-13: 9780802455697 Availability: In Stock
David Eller is an American missionary in Venezuela, married to missionary nurse, Christie. Together they rescue homeless children in Caracas. But for David, that isn't enough. The supply of homeless children is endless because of massive poverty and the oppressive policies of the Venezuelan government, led by the Hugo Chavez-like Armando Guzman. In a moment of anger, David publicly rails against the government, unaware that someone dangerous might be listening--a revolutionary looking for recruits. David falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage, ending in a desperate, life-or-death gamble to flee the country with his wife and son, with all the resources of a corrupt dictatorship at their heels.
WILLIAM CARMICHAEL, co-author of The Missionary, is an accomplished bestselling author of marriage, family, and parenting books. He and his wife, Nancie, are popular speakers across the United States and Canada and together have written several books, including Habits of a Healthy Home and Desperate for God. Bill is also the founder of Good Family Magazines, which published Virtue, Christian Parenting Today, and Parents of Teenagers magazines. Bill and Nancie have five children and seven grandchildren and reside in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.
DAVID LAMBERT (M.F.A., University of Montana) is senior fiction editor at Howard Books and also sits on the Editorial Board of Jerry Jenkins's Christian Writers Guild. Previously he spent 18 years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan. Dave is the author of ten published books, including The Missionary, co-authored with William Carmichael, and the Gold Medallion Award winning Jumper Fables, co-authored with Ken Davis. His short fiction has been published in periodicals as diverse as TQ, The Chariton Review, Sand, Virtue, Moody Magazine, Guideposts for Kids, and Story. David resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
William Carmichael and David Lamberts The Missionary is packed with drama and suspense, as well as being full of surprise twists and turns. David Eller knew life in Caracas, Venezuela, would not be easy as an American missionary but life grows more difficult when he becomes involved in an assassination attempt on the Venezuelan president-dictator. Though his motives are innocent, that doesnt stop the manhunt which ensues, led by both the government and those who hired him, forcing David to make life-changing decisions.
Davids actions affect not only himself but his family, as well. Christie, his wife, is surprised to learn of Davids involvement, and after the Eller family is forced into hiding, she has to decide if she can forgive her husband as Colossians 3:13 says, Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. She learns what unconditional love really means.
The Missionary is a gripping story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats; it is fast-paced with smooth dialogue, allowing glances into each characters heart and thought process. The novel addresses issues such as forgiveness and Jesus involvement in politics, offering fresh perspectives that hold to biblical principles and are sure to make readers think.
Violence and torture are mentioned. As such, this book is not recommend for those younger than 14. The Missionary is relevant to todays situation in Venezuela, making it a riveting story for all adults. The book has plenty of action and drama for men, and Carmichael and Lambert incorporate a little romance and emotion for their female audience.
Carmichael and Lambert successfully weave many characters vantage points together. Although most people will probably never become involved in an attempted assassination, the characters thoughts are relatable and logical under the circumstances found in the novel. The ending was disappointing, however. Many of the loose ends are not tied up. The plot was well conceived, though, and worth following. This book would make an excellent gift or addition to a personal library. Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com